In reading the various blogs regarding the Schiavo case, I have felt that there have been some unspoken background stands that some bloggers seem reluctant to "out". I would like to provide an opportunity to commit to specific, somewhat simplified questions, so that we may know what are the underlying assumptions of your other writing. I specifically invite Moon, Caleb, whoever the Anonymous writer from tNP may be if not Caleb, Brian, Paul, Derek, Christie...anyone who has blogged about this in this interconnected group, to answer these two questions, without dissembling:
1) If Terri Schiavo's own wishes could be known (for example, a credible document or living will were found), would you allow her to refuse placement of a feeding tube, if that were the only means to provide her with food and water? Think of this as a thought question, if you will...please no arguing about whether such a document could be credible now, or whether she could be fed by mouth. (Assume she can't be, because some people certainly can't be.) Assuming that she could foresee her current state, or its possibility, would you allow her the right to refuse tube feedings under these circumstances?
2) If you, yourself, were in her exact medical situation, excluding the current intrusion of the public, and even assuming your own family situation if you like, would you want the tube placed into yourself?
Here's my answer. 1) I believe that refusing the placement of a feeding tube is one of Terri's acceptable moral choices. I believe that she has the right to prescribe that no person take such liberties with her body as to insert a latex, or plastic, or metal appliance into her mouth or nose, much less cut a new hole into her abdomen, if she does not wish it, and understands at the time of making the decision that such a proscription will eventuate in her own death under these circumstances. 2) I would exercise this choice in my own case. I unequivocally would refuse the placement of this tube, were I in her condition. I can, at this time, understand her condition and can comprehend the possibility that various events could lead to my being someday in a similar state. Under those circumstances, I would not want the tube placed. To me, regarding myself and my own family, it isn't even a difficult question.
Please do commit here. I feel we will be able to better understand your reasoning on your blogs if we know how you stand on these two questions.